In our reading today (Ecclesiastes 11-Song of Solomon 8), we conclude the poetic books of the Old Testament. Tomorrow we begin the Prophets, seventeen books in all.
In our English Bibles, the poetic books are arranged so that they end on the note of romance with the Song. In my book I focused on a verse in the final chapter:
Set me as a seal upon your heart,
as a seal upon your arm,
for love is strong as death,
jealousy is fierce as the grave.
Its flashes are flashes of fire,
the very flame of the Lord.
Many waters cannot quench love,
neither can floods drown it.
If a man offered for love
all the wealth of his house,
he would be utterly despised. Song of Solomon 8:6,7 (ESV)
How strong is human love? Some find it powerful enough to last till the grave. But not all do. Jesus said there would be no human marriage in heaven, but the Church, called His body and His bride, will be married to Him (Luke 20:34-36; Ephesians 5:22-33; Revelation 19:6-10). Human love at its best is a faint picture of the eternal marriage of Christ and His bride.
It is of little consequence that you have not found lifelong love here on earth, as long as you have by grace through faith become part of Christ’s Church. You will be part of His bride in a love stronger than death. If you have this hope, rejoice in the coming marriage of the Lamb.